St. Clairsville - Special Olympics Ohio-Belmont County is pleased to announce that Dorine Garbash of St. Clairsville has accepted the position of coordinator for the non-profit that provides athletic opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities.
Garbash takes over the reins from Tom King, who has served as coordinator since 2011.
Athletic endeavors are not new for Garbash, who has coached volleyball and swimming for many years and is an experienced lifeguard. She and her husband, Ed, are also skilled hikers, who backpack on trails across the state and country.
As Belmont County Coordinator, Garbash will arrange the bowling, basketball, track and bocce schedules, as well as all other duties related to the administration of the local Special Olympics chapter. She will also spearhead fundraising activities. The first will be a 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, April 5th at Barkcamp State Park starting at 9 a.m.
Special Olympics Ohio-Belmont County exists entirely on donations and sponsorships. All donations, which are tax-deductible, remain local and directly benefit the athletes who compete for Belmont County. The chapter is supported in part by the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact Garbash at 740-310-1204 or email her at
Serving on the local Special Olympics’ board of directors are Al Davies, Eric Petho, Stephen Williams and Amber Bresiger.
The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960’s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada.